Looks like Microsoft’s Edge browser is getting built-in ad blocking – The Verge

Microsoft Edge represents the future of web browsing on Windows, and it’s a future that apparently makes ad blocking easy. A workshop at Microsoft’s Build conference this week titled “What’s Next for Microsoft’s New Browser” included a slide showing built-in ad blocking is scheduled to launch with the next version of Edge. The slide was spotted by ZDNet, and follows a clear trend in the tech world of making ad blocking easier. We’ve contacted Microsoft to try and confirm the company’s plans.

Consumers love ad blocking, publishers not so much

Previously, ad blocking was mainly the domain of the tech-savvy, with those in the know installing browser extensions to block ads. Last year, though, Apple introduced the concept to a wider audience by allowing ad blocking on its mobile Safari browser through third-party extensions. Then this January, Mozilla’s co-founder introduced a browser named Brave with built-in ad blocking, and in March, Opera unveiled native ad blocking for the developer edition of its browser, promising it would mean websites loading “up to 90 percent faster.”

This promise of faster web browsing, as well as less data consumption and a smaller chance of getting a virus, are the reasons why ad blocking is popular. But as many people have pointed out, it’s also bad news for websites, which stand to lose a lot of revenue. It seems, though, that the debate over the future of web publishing will have to be conducted quickly. Native ad blocking is currently only available to a small portion of web users, but if Microsoft has decided to include the feature in Edge, it clearly shows where the industry is heading.

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